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Sheldon Leonard ACTOR


Sheldon Leonard was born on February 22nd, 1907 in New York City, New York with the birth name Leonard Sheldon Bershad.  After high school he went on to enroll at Syracuse university and studied acting.  After he earned his college degree he began working not in the entertainment industry, but instead on Wall Street.  However, with the Wall Street Crash of 1929, he lost his job and decided it was now his chance to focus on a career in acting.
He began with small off-Broadway stage roles and it took him almost five years to get his first Broadway role in the play, "Hotel Alimony" in 1934 followed by roles in such productions as, "Having Wonderful Time" (1937) and "Kiss the Boys Goodbye" (1938). 

Now that he had gained some stage experience, Leonard began auditioning for film roles and soon was seen on the big screen in such features as, "Tall, Dark and Handsome" (1941), "Lucky Jordan" (1942), "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), "Jinx Money" (1948), "To Have and Have Not" (1944), "Open Secret" (1948), "Money from Home" (1953), "Guys and Dolls" (1955) and "Pocket Full of Miracles" (1961).
Leonard then began to turn his focus on working in television adding numerous credits to his resume with acting appearances in such series as, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.", "The Danny Thomas Show", "Burke's Law", "I Spy", "Big Eddie" and "Sanford & Son".
In addition to his acting he also became a well known and highly successful television producer and director with such projects as, "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.", "The Danny Thomas Show", "The Andy Griffith Show", "The Bill Dana Show", "I Spy", "Accidental Family", "Lassie" and "My World and Welcome to It".  

For all his work in the industry such as being known as the creator of television spin-offs, Sheldon Leonard was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1992 and in 1995, he was honored with a lifetime membership into the Director's Guild of America.
Sheldon Leonard married only one time to Frances Bober in 1931 and they had two children and remained together until he passed away from natural causes on January 10th, 1997 in Beverly Hills, California.  His remains are buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.   


1992   Dream On 

1990   Cheers

1990   Murder, She Wrote

1987   Matlock

1987   The Facts of Life 

1985   The Cosby Show 

1981   I'm a Big Girl Now

1980   The Littlest Hobo 

1978   The Brink's Job 

1978   The Islander 

1978   Top Secret 

1976   Sanford and Son 

1975   Big Eddie

1970   My World and Welcome to It 

1968   Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

1965-1967  I Spy

1964-1965  Linus! The Lion Hearted 

1964   Burke's Law 

1952-1964  The Jack Benny Program 

1963   The Dick Van Dyke Show

1956-1963  The Danny Thomas Show

1961   Pocketful of Miracles

1956   Screen Directors Playhouse 

1955   Guys and Dolls 

1955   Damon Runyon Theater 

1954   It's a Great Life 

1954   The Duke 

1953   Money from Home 

1953   The Diamond Queen

1951-1953  The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

1952-1953  I Married Joan 

1953   A Peck o' Trouble 

1953   G.E. True Theater

1953   I Love Lucy 

1952   Your Jeweler's Showcase

1952   Stop, You're Killing Me 

1952   Breakdown 

1952   Sock a Doodle Do

1952   Young Man with Ideas

1952   Kiddin' the Kitten

1952   Here Come the Nelsons 

1951   Come Fill the Cup

1951   Behave Yourself! 

1951   Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

1951   Chained for Life

1950   The Iroquois Trail 

1949   Take One False Step

1949   My Dream Is Yours

1949   Daughter of the Jungle 

1948   Shep Comes Home

1948   Joe Palooka in Winner Take All

1948   Jinx Money

1948   Madonna of the Desert

1948   If You Knew Susie

1948   Alias a Gentleman

1948   Open Secret 

1947   The Gangster

1947   The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival 

1947   The Fabulous Joe 

1947   Violence 

1947   Sinbad, the Sailor

1946   It's a Wonderful Life 

1946   Decoy

1946   The Last Crooked Mile

1946   Bowery Bombshell

1946   Somewhere in the Night 

1946   Rainbow Over Texas

1946   Her Kind of Man

1946   The Gentleman Misbehaves

1945   Frontier Gal 

1945   Captain Kidd

1945   Why Girls Leave Home 

1945   River Gang 

1945   Radio Stars on Parade 

1945   Zombies on Broadway

1945   Crime, Inc.

1944   The Falcon in Hollywood

1944   To Have and Have Not

1944   Gambler's Choice 

1944   Trocadero

1944   Uncertain Glory 

1944   Timber Queen

1943   Klondike Kate

1943   Harvest Melody 

1943   Passport to Suez 

1943   Hit the Ice 

1943   Taxi, Mister 

1943   City Without Men 

1942   Lucky Jordan

1942   Street of Chance 

1942   Pierre of the Plains 

1942   Tortilla Flat 

1942   Born to Sing

1941   Rise and Shine

1941   Married Bachelor

1941   Week-End in Havana 

1941   Buy Me That Town 

1941   Private Nurse 

1941   Tall, Dark and Handsome 

1939   Another Thin Man

1936   Ouanga

1934   The Gem of the Ocean 

1934   My Mummy's Arms

Matinee Classics - Rainbow Over Texas starring Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Sheldon Leonard, Robert Emmett Keane, Gerald Oliver Smith, Minerva Urecal, George J. Lewis, Kenne Duncan, Pierce Lyden, Dick Elliott and the Sons of the Pioneers
Matinee Classics - Behave Yourself! starring Shelley Winters, Farley Granger, Lon Chaney Jr., William Demarest, Hans Conried, Sheldon Leonard, Allen Jenkins and Elisha Cook Jr.
Matinee Classics - To Have and Have Not starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour, Aldo Nadi and Paul Marion
Matinee Classics - Mr. and Mrs. Blandings starring Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Gale Gordon and Sheldon Leonard
Matinee Classics - My Dream Is Yours starring Doris Day, Jack Carson, Lee Bowman, Adolphe Menjou, Eve Arden, S. Z. Sakall, Selena Royle, Edgar Kennedy, Sheldon Leonard and Mel Blanc
Matinee Classics - Mulligan's Travels Radio Show starring Sheldon Leonard
Matinee Classics - Open Secret starring John Ireland, Jane Randolph, Sheldon Leonard, Roman Bohnen, George Tyne, Morgan Farley, Ellen Lowe, Arthur O'Connell, Rory Mallinson and Bert Conway

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